The castle was built in the late 13th Century during the reign of Edward I and boasts double walls around its perimeter, four large towers and a robust gatehouse. These fortifications later played a crucial role during numerous blockades. Most famously, in a siege immortalised in the famous Welsh anthem "Men of Harlech", the castle was held for seven years by the Lancastrians in the War of the Roses. It was also the last remaining stronghold of the Royalists during the English Civil War.
Today Harlech Castle remains as imposing fort, standing atop sheer cliffs and surrounded by the rugged hills and peaks of Snowdonia National Park, as well as the picturesque Harlech Village itself. Its location close to the Irish Sea also ensures unrivalled views for visitors.
This 700 year old fort makes for a memorable day out for all the family. Harlech Castle is open to visitors throughout the year and sometimes plays host to special medieval-themed events and workshops on archery, woodworking and other crafts.
It's hard to miss Harlech Castle as you drive towards it from north or south along the A496; its fortifications rising out of the landscape are viewable for miles around.
Situated in Harlech, this golf bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Hufenfa'r Castell and Harlech Castle. Y Lasynys Fawr is 1.9 mi (3 km) away.
Situated near the beach, this bed & breakfast is steps away from Hufenfa'r Castell and Harlech Castle.
Situated near the beach in Harlech, this hotel is close to Harlech Castle, Hufenfa'r Castell and Y Lasynys Fawr. Area attractions also include Portmeirion Central Piazza and Portmeirion Sands.
Situated near the beach, this spa hotel is steps away from Portmeirion Central Piazza and Portmeirion Sands. Y Lasynys Fawr and Hufenfa'r Castell are also within 9 miles (15 km).
Situated near the beach in Talsarnau, this resort is close to Portmeirion Central Piazza, Portmeirion Sands and Y Lasynys Fawr. Local attractions also include Harlech Castle and Hufenfa'r Castell.
Situated near the beach in Talsarnau, this holiday home is close to Portmeirion Central Piazza, Portmeirion Sands and Y Lasynys Fawr. Local attractions also include Harlech Castle and Hufenfa'r Castell.
Situated in Porthmadog, this hotel is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Portmeirion Sands and within 6 miles (10 km) of Portmeirion Central Piazza and Criccieth Castle. Criccieth Golf Club and Lloyd George Museum are also within 9 miles (15 km).